Whether studying community helpers or just plain interested in firefighters, children will love this introduction to fire stations and the people who work there. This nonfiction book on DVD enables children to read along with the narrator; as each word is enunciated, it is highlighted. This option supports to the fledgling reader, but as their reading skills grow, they can turn off the narrator's voice, while allowing the highlighting to continue. This DVD is bilingual. One track is read in English while the other is offered in Spanish. Both texts appear on the page, allowing children to select the option that best fits their needs. The DVD has all of the standard features of a nonfiction work, including a table of contents, a glossary, and an index. In addition, it has all the features of a beginning reader, such as short, direct sentences, word repetition, few words on each page, and a nice balance between new and familiar words. Colorful illustrations provide an extra level of support for the reader. The DVD is simple to use and allows the child to access information about the fire station on the computer while still interacting with printed words. Good for use at home or in the classroom, this DVD both encourages independence and provides much-needed support. For adventurous and inquisitive students, a list of Internet sites for further exploration is included. Reading Level: Grades K-1; Interest Level: Grades PreK-2. Reviewer: Joan Kindig, Ph.D.
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This page-by-page facsimile interactive book offers basic facts about the equipment and people at a fire station, as well as the duties performed by various workers, from firefighters to dispatchers. The text is well supported by clear, full-page color illustrations showing diverse male and female workers. Designed to aid in reading instruction and language acquisition, the self-explanatory set up and good pacing will help students succeed. Text is printed in English at the top of the page and in Spanish at the bottom, and students may elect to listen to the book in either langage. Both versions are read clearly and fluently. Corresponding text is highlighted as the audio moves through the book, allowing readers to see the word as it is spoken, while also modeling appropriate phrasing. An excellent tool for individual use in reading remediation or ELL programs, it also has a place in larger public libraries serving Hispanic populations.-Ann Welton, Grant Elementary School, Tacoma, WA